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Tennessee State plays their first game against a Division I opponent this year as they host SIU. A look at the matchup by the numbers

The Good

61.5%Tennessee State might have struggled for separation, but the Tigers didn’t struggle for offense. TSU shot 8-15 from three-point range in the win over Reinhardt, and 56.5% from the floor. Six players finished in double figures, and the Tigers had 21 assists on 35 made buckets. Not a bad start — even considering the opponent.

The Bad

61.3%Your free-throw percentage should never be lower than your three-point percentage, given that, a) the free-throw line is closer to the basket, and b) there’s no one guarding you. Yet, Tennessee State managed just that — by two-tenths of one percent.

The !?*#%!$@

53This is a little concerning: TSU played just eight guys against Reinhardt, with seven combining for all but 8 minutes. The total bench minutes: 53, leaving the five starters 147. It’s a new, young team with players that need to see the floor. I get the game was close — but you gotta think long term here as well.

-9.5Vegas isn’t TSU’s friend. The Tigers are nine and a half point underdogs on their home floor — meaning roughly they’d be about 12 or 13 points worse on a neutral floor. That’s a large for a home team — and SIU didn’t exactly light the world on fire last season, winning just 14 games.

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2016 Football Standings

OVC Overall
Jacksonville State 7-0 10-2
UT Martin 6-2 7-5
Tennessee Tech 5-3 5-6
Tennessee State 4-3 7-4
Eastern Illinois 4-4 6-5
Murray State 4-4 4-7
SEMO 3-5 3-8
Eastern Kentucky 2-6 3-8
Austin Peay 0-8 0-11

2016-17 Basketball Standings

OVC Overall


Belmont 15-1 23-7
Morehead State 10-6 14-16
Jacksonville State 9-7 20-15
Tennessee State 8-8 17-13
Tennessee Tech 8-8 12-20
Eastern Kentucky 5-11 12-19


UT Martin 10-6 22-13
SEMO 9-7 15-18
Murray State 8-8 16-17
Austin Peay 7-9 11-19
Eastern Illinois 6-10 14-15
SIUE 1-15 6-24